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Kapa

2006.44.3666 (RS170357)

Description

Square fragment of crisp, white tapa cloth, very likely from Hawaii. The piece is very thin and heavily embossed with tightly spaced, small parallel lines that have been cross-hatched to create tiny square shapes. The fragment was cut from a larger piece of at some point. Kapa (the Hawaiian word for tapa) is a cloth made from the inner bark of trees and is widely used in the Pacific for clothing and bedding, as well as secular, sacred, and ceremonial uses.

Details

Maker
unknown
Location of origin
Pacific Island Group
Associated Building
Original To Stephen Phillips House (Salem, Mass.).
Material
tapa (bark cloth)
Object type
Textileworking T&E
Descriptive terms
tapa (bark cloth)
Dimensions
12 1/2 x 11 3/8 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
2006.44.3666
Credit Line
Gift of Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
271959

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